With the world economy teetering on the edge of full-blown collapse, as nation after nation is drawn into a hopeless global war, it is desperately time to replace that policy of conflict and deadly austerity with one which achieves what famed nuclear physicist Edward Teller identified as the “common aims of mankind.”
In the tradition of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), as it was presented to the world in 1983 by then-president Ronald Reagan, representing the U.S. government's adoption of the science driver policy crafted by Lyndon LaRouche, it is high time we move towards the civilization-saving policy of a Strategic Defense of Earth (SDE).
The SDE has the power to bring the leading nations of the world together to overcome the immediate dual threat of economic collapse and world war, shifting the focus of leading nations to meet the challenge of the looming threat to civilization's existence posed by a major asteroid impact and other space based dangers. Mankind's future in space, both in the defense of the Earth, and in manned exploration, defines a new paradigm for a world in crisis.
The intent of the original SDI was to bring the US and the Soviet Union together, to jointly develop technologies that would make the threat posed by nuclear missiles a thing of the past. Such cooperation would prevent a global war of extinction, while simultaneously causing tremendous physical economic growth, through the discovery and application of new physical principles. Similarly, today, the SDE proposal is an opportunity to bring the leading nations of the world together to overcome the immediate dual threat of economic collapse and world war, by offering a positive means of collaboration to counter the shared threat to civilization's existence posed by the deadly (and inevitable!) impact of a major asteroid with the earth.
As the recent landing of Curiosity on Mars foreshadows, and as the optimistic desires and achievements of China's and other nations' emerging space programs provoke, it is clear that Man's destiny on Earth is, and must be, in the stars